Giving back: Megan Speer, from Newcastle, is preparing to volunteer in a children's shelter in the Philippines for two months.

The rise of the voluntourist

Teaching English to school children in India or building a community restaurant in Peru have become part of a fashionable rite of passage for thousands of young people each year, but critics argue the commercialisation of volunteering is doing more harm than good to the communities they seek to help.

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